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Background

Young Islington is the London Borough of Islington’s recently-launched vision for a new universal youth offer. Young Islington aims to provide locally-led, inter-connected youth work across the borough that meets the needs of diverse young people, rooted in sustainable networks of youth and community services.

What’s our role?

London Youth and Mary’s will provide a central leadership function that will support high-quality youth work, strengthen youth workers and organisations, and measure and communicate impact.

What activities will we deliver?

We will deliver a wide range of activities to support youth workers and youth organisations:

  • Training for youth practitioners, including safeguarding, youth engagement, data protection, fundraising, monitoring and evaluation, and more. We’ll be constantly learning so that we can adapt our training as we go.
  • We will roll out our Quality Mark, supporting youth organisations to improve their policies and procedures so that they are delivering safe, secure services.
  • We’ll support Islington’s three “locality networks” – which bring together various stakeholders working with young people – and will work with them as a key source of local knowledge, consultation and feedback as we shape our delivery.
  • We’ll support youth worker development through:
    • external supervision, where senior youth workers from one organisation supervise and mentor youth workers from other organisations;
    • action learning, where youth workers come together to collectively tackle problems; and
    • youth leadership training to support young people into youth work careers.
  • We will be the voice of the sector and young people locally, regionally and nationally.
  • Foster partnerships with stakeholders across the borough, including schools, youth clubs, detached services, faith groups, and businesses to provide holistic support for young people’s development in Islington.

What will be our approach?

We’ll do this creatively and collaboratively, quickly responding to emerging needs and trends. It will be a journey, so we’ll be seeking feedback from a wide range of stakeholders to ensure that we can adapt and adjust our support to make it as effective as possible.